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23 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Animals That Left Us at a Complete Loss

Our natural world is so diverse that some things in it might seem absurd or even mysterious at first glance. For example, do you know why frogs blink while eating, why white polar bears have black skin, and why octopi need to walk on land?

Bright Side is gladly broadening the horizons of its knowledge by learning facts about various creatures on our planet and is eager to share them with you.

23. When flirting, female wombats bite the male’s bottom.

22. Platypus’ females don’t have nipples but they have milk that is secreted by special glands in the abdominal area. That’s why the cubs suck their mother’s fur.

21. Elephants hear with their legs and can easily indicate the source of the noise by analyzing the strength of the vibrations. At the same time, they can’t jump.

20. Wild baby boars are born striped so that they can hide in the grass. Adult boars eventually lose this camouflage.

19. A Barn Owl’s left ear is located at the level of its forehead, while its right ear is located at the level of its nostrils. Thanks to this, the bird can hear sounds at different angles.

18. Meerkats have very thin skin. That’s why they have to warm themselves up in the sun after sleeping in order to increase their body temperature and so they don’t die.

17. Forest albino tortoises don’t become completely white, their color just fades away.

16. Caracals stock up on their prey by hanging it on trees. They can also drink blood instead of water to quench their thirst.

15. Koala cubs eat their parents’ excrement in order to teach their stomachs to digest the poisonous eucalyptus leaves.

14. Thanks to their transparent fur and black skin, white bears absorb sun radiation with their entire body. Which helps them dry and warm up better and faster.

13. Sometimes octopi walk on land to reach crabs who hide in puddles.

12. Geckos lick their eyes with their tongue and drink water from them.

11. Gabon talapoins like to hold each other’s hands when showing their love and affection.

10. Possums faint, play dead, and start smelling like rotten meat when going through severe stress. They are also not able to get back to their normal condition with their own will power unless their brain decides that the danger has gone.

9. Giant Trevallies watch birds to calculate the trajectory of their flight so they can jump out of the water and eat them on the go.

8. Dwarf mongooses make friends with hornbills: the first ones share their prey, while the birds warn them about predators, watching everything from a height.

7. Burrowing owls steal animals’ poop to decorate their nests. That helps them to attract the insects that their chicks are going to eat.

6. Black rhinos can have up to 3 horns on their nose and the biggest horn can reach 1.6 feet in length.

5. In order to attract red-eared slider female turtles, males gently massage their face.

4. Frogs push food through to their throat with their eyes. That’s why they have to blink often while eating.

3. The body of Calpodes ethlius caterpillars is so transparent that you can see through their circulatory system.

2. Yellow mongooses have horizontal pupils and thanks to this they can have a panoramic view.

1. An armadillo’s females can postpone the birth of their kids for up to 2 years if they feel severe stress.

Which of these facts surprised you most of all? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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